ACL Music Fest 2013 underway in Zilker Park


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 2:38 PM

AUSTIN -- It's the day music lovers have been waiting for -- the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

For the first time in its 12-year history, bands will play at Zilker Park over two weekends for 75,000 people a day.

Around 9 a.m. Friday the park began to come to life as crews started setting up and security teams got in place, all making sure everything was in order before the gates opened. Soon after sound checks started, the line began to build with groups of people waiting for their chance to be one of the first to get inside the festival.

Some fans came from Austin; others traveled hundreds of miles. All were ready to see 130 bands on eight stages.

Austinite Brooke Sefton has attended every, single ACL Fest. He described his favorite parts of the event.

"Being here with my friends, hanging out, enjoying the music, laughing, playing, having fun," Sefton said.

"It's been a tradition," said Cheryl-Ann Orr. She came to ACL from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "We find a festival every year. We celebrate our mom. She loved music, so in honor of her, that's what we do my beautiful sisters and I. We have a ball."

If you don't have a three-day pass for this weekend, you are out of luck, but you can still attend next weekend's shows.

The festival lineup includes famous acts like Depeche Mode, The Cure, Lionel Richie and newer bands like Kings of Leon, Fun, and Kendrick Lamar.

Many say it's an event not to be missed in the Live Music Capital of the World.

For more information visit the ACL Festival's website.

Go here for's ACL survival guide.

Go here to learn how to take Capital Metro's free ACL shuttle.

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